Nicknamed the “King of the Classics” or “Emperor of Herentals” (because he lived in the small Belgian city near the Dutch border), Rik Van Looy won just about every one-day race worth mentioning.
He was the first cyclist to win all five of cycling’s monuments (Paris-Roubaix, Milan-San Remo, Tour of Flanders, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Tour of Flanders) for a total of eight victories in these races, including three wins in Paris-Roubaix.
Strung out in the gutter. I’m sure it hurts like hell. For a few, it doesn’t hurt yet. They are just waiting. When the time is right, when the bunch has thinned, they’ll turn the screws. For now, it’s just wait and watch. Attrition is a bitch.